By Hector Garcia

For each fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, shrewdpermanent and concise consultant to the land that's their resource. complete and good knowledgeable, it covers a big selection of themes in brief articles followed via sidebars and diverse pictures, supplying a full of life digest of the society and tradition of Japan. Designed to entice the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, manga and games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the tradition advisor for readers within the net age.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the japanese, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so keen on robots, writer Hector Garcia has created the right ebook for the becoming ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative advisor.

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The worst part is you never know when the blow will fall because you’re staring at the wall. When the session was over, the monk said that to understand the true meaning of Zen you should practice meditation several times a day. Then he told us a story, or koan: “A long time ago, a student tried every day to understand the true meaning of Zen, and, because he couldn’t work it out, his teacher hit him constantly with the stick. The day came when the student decided to leave and travel in order to try to understand what Zen was.

After receiving the chocolate, the men are morally indebted to the women. To solve this following the giri system, one month later they celebrate another day, when men give women white chocolate. These examples give you some idea of how powerful giri and social obligations are in the Japanese way of being. An extreme case of the power of giri are the kamikaze, who volunteered in the World War Two to commit suicide in conformity with the code of honor, obedience, and duty toward their government and country.

This is a very popular fish in video games. These meek animals can weigh more than 4,000 pounds, and they usually live in temperate ocean waters. In Japanese, it’s called mambou–sunfish in English–and its scientific name is Mola mola. They are famous for being very clumsy and useless, and in Japanese culture they frequently appear in company logos, video games, etc. From the scientific point of view, part of its interest is that it’s the largest fish with a bony skeleton, so it’s probably one of our distant cousins.

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